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Designing a Feature Luscious Mantle

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

Over the years we have styled a number of beautiful surfaces, but the most romantic and dreamy surface that comes to mind is a mantle over a fireplace. Whether it is an actual working fire place or not, a dreamy look can still be achieved with simple décor touches and trimmings.

Firstly it’s important to work with the depth of the mantel. Some can be narrow and others can be generous.

Having a focal piece such as a mirror, wreath or oversized prop helps draw the eye. Personally when we style the mantle, it’s always full of florals with accenting candles for an event.

We use generous amounts of foliage to soften and provide texture, this helps lead the design and creates shape. With accents of contrasting flowers.  The trick is to work with the shape and design of the flower stems, creating peaks and calms through the arrangements.

There are several ways in which to shape the arrangements. My absolute favourite is to go large and go up high, with a waterfall cascade of foliage and flowers. Then with a second arrangement at the base of the mantle on the ground to continue the fluidity. Soon after placing multiple sized candles on the mantle itself as well as on the ground to create that moodiness.

Now here sits a perfect focal point for the room as well as a beautifully adorned backdrop for photos.

Noteworthy mantles:

  • Somerley House, Sutton Forest

  • Gunners Barracks, Mosman

  • Dunbar house, Watsons Bay

  • Iron Bark Hill, Hunter Valley

  • Historic Eschol Park House, Eschol Park

Photographed by Amelia Soegijono


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